Description: Vocalist, USA

Known For: Lead singer of fifties vocal group “The Five Keys”

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Pop/ Rock

Location: VA, United States of America

Date Born: 5th July 1932
Location Born: Newport News, Virginia, United States of America

Date Died: 14th May 1998
Location Died: Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Heart attack

Memorial: Died, Virginia


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Rudy West

The lead singer of “The Five Keys” an American rhythm and blues vocal group that was instrumental in shaping this genre in the 1950s.

Formed with the original name of Sentimental Four in Newport News, Virginia, U.S., in the late 1940s, and initially consisted of two sets of brothers:

Rudy West (born 25 July 1932, Newport News, Virginia)
Bernie West (born 4 February 1930, Newport News)
Ripley Ingram (born 1930 – died 23 March 1995, Newport News)
Raphael Ingram. (born 1929, d. 23 March 1995, Newport News, Virginia, USA

Ingram left in 1949 and Maryland Pierce (born 1933) and Dickie Smith became members in his place.

At this time the name of the group was changed to “The Five Keys”.

In 1952 Rudy West left to join the United States Army, and he was replaced by Ulysses K. Hicks.

Rudy West rejoined the Five Keys in October 1954.

Rudy West in 1958 and was replaced by Thomas “Dickie” Threatt.

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.